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Hunter Valley Wine Country major marketing campaign in full swing   The highly anticipated Hunter Valley Wine Country major destination marketing campaign “Here’s to the Good Life” has been launched. The Hunter Valley is now in the spotlight and we welcome the boost for our visitor economy. Cessnock City Council is proud to have taken a […]

The gift that keeps on giving

The gift that keeps on giving There are fresh laws in place as of 2018 introducing new requirements for businesses who offer and accept gift cards. The NSW Government has introduced a mandatory minimum expiry period of three years for all gift cards and gift vouchers sold to consumers in NSW, per an amendment to […]

Free ride to end for private use of company cars

Free ride to end for private use of company cars New guidelines for fringe benefits tax (FBT) on company vehicles have been released from the Australian Tax Office (ATO).  Experts are warning small-to-medium enterprise owners to ensure work vehicles are used correctly by their employees. The supply of a company van or ute to an […]

Landmark decision affecting casual employment in all Industries

Landmark decision affecting casual employment in all Industries The Full Federal Court has delivered a landmark judgment which will have wide-ranging implications for both casual employees and employers across Australia. If you employ casual staff you need to look into this. The Court has determined that many casual employees who work regular, predictable patterns of work are […]

From the Chambers – Kurri Kurri is in the spotlight

From the Chambers – Kurri Kurri is in the spotlight  Town of Murals Art Show The annual Town of Murals Art Show will be held at Kurri Kurri Community Centre from 8 to 11 September 2018. Attracting hundreds of artists each year, the competition is strong and the standard of entries is exceptional. The local community is […]

Resources for Regions projects submitted for Kurri Kurri and Branxton- Greta Cessnock City Council has put in expressions of interest for two projects to be funded under the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program, totalling $6.77 million! The two projects submitted under expressions of interest under the program included: Kurri Kurri Commercial Centre Upgrade – […]

Business confidence reaches highest levels since 2009

Business confidence reaches highest levels since 2009   Australian small and medium businesses (SMB) are more confident in 2018, with NSW regional businesses in particular feeling increasingly secure about their economic futures. The latest Sensis Business Index (SBI) survey data reveals that business confidence has increased across Australia (the only exception was a 1 point […]

Instagram for business – the changes

Instagram for business – the changes Many small businesses are benefiting from having Instagram in their social media marketing mix. Instagram is a great platform for sharing images, and bides well for food businesses, the fitness industry, as well as other types of business including design, photography, and tourism; among many others.   Instagram has been […]

Pay rise for modern award employees & new minimum wage

Pay rise for modern award employees & new minimum wage   Did you notice a small pay rise starting in July 2018? This might be thanks to a rise in the minimum wage in modern awards set by the Fair Work Commission.   In Australia 2.3 million employees have their pays set by an award […]

Energy cost shock for small business

Energy cost shock for small business Australian small businesses are fed up with their energy retailers. This is the finding of the Retail Energy Competition Review which has revealed smaller businesses are increasingly frustrated when purchasing electricity and gas from energy retailers. The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) released its annual Retail Energy Competition Review […]